HC Deb 13 March 1990 vol 169 cc212-3W
53. Mr. Andy Stewart

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make a statement on the progress of the technical and vocational education initiative.

Mr. Nicholls

The technical and vocational education initiative (TVEI) is making excellent progress. Over half a million students are currently involved. Significant achievements are being recorded in the 81 education authorities currently extending TVEI to all their schools and colleges:

  1. (i) The proportion of students taking balanced science courses has virtually doubled from 36 per cent. to 64 per cent.
  2. (ii) Students taking design and technology courses has virtually doubled from 30 per cent. to 55 per cent.
  3. (iii) 71 per cent. of teachers report TVEI has increased students ability to solve problems.
  4. (iv) 70 per cent. of employers feel that what TVEI teaches is relevant to their needs.

As the initiative expands, all students will be getting a period of work experience, an individual action plan and a record of achievement. I am confident that TVEI is making a significant contribution to improving the quality of the nation's work force.

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